Hours after the Supreme Court paved the way for the construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya and ordered an alternate site for a mosque, Union Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel said on November 9 that the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) reports cited in the judgment would be made public soon.
Addressing the media at his residence in New Delhi, Mr. Patel said the ASI reports had been the court’s property so far, but would soon be presented to the world in the form of a book.
The apex court accepted the ASI’s findings that the Babri masjid had not been constructed on vacant land and that there was a pre-existing structure.
The ASI, however, did not say that a temple had been demolished to build the mosque.
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